We rang in at 155 last year, but this year we had 162 trick-or-treaters show up at our door looking for candy.
I think we had far fewer “too old for this” kids, and I didn’t run into any lippy ones this year. Here’s the breakdown time-wise:
The 6:00 - 7:00 hour was our most productive, with the block from 6:30 to 7:00 topping us out at 59 kids. I thought about trying to tally kids by age group and time, but it’s too hard to tell with the costumes on and the kids come in far too fast for any accuracy beyond a basic count.
I wore my Joust costume and the kids seemed to like it, but the parents loved it. Comments included “You’re my hero!” and “That’s the greatest costume ever!” One dad stooped down to address his kids and explain the merits of classic arcade games right there on my front porch. I claim that as success.
A couple of folks told me they had seen a costume like mine earlier in the evening. Is someone out there reading my blog and ripping off my ideas? Bastards. (That said, what the hell else would you do with an inflatable ostrich costume. Kind of obvious what it lends itself to, isn’t it?)
We, again, didn’t run out of candy this year, so it looks like two big Costco bags will work. We didn’t know how far it would go, so from 6:00 - 7:00 we were giving out two mini-candy-bars each, but at 7:00 we switched to one because we were running low. We had enough left over that I think we could have stuck with two bars per kid and maybe had just enough.